Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why are You So Afraid?

What Happened to No Fear and No Sorrow?

Matthew 8:26 says, "He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm."

This is precisely the question I would like for many Christians to ponder, particularly those that hop about the sacred stage every Sunday as they scrape in money from millions of the divinely adoring. Why are you so gosh-darn fearful? If it is not the political realm that is scaring you it is the social realm. If it isn't the social realm that frightens you it is the natural realm that shakes you to your core with tsunamis and quakes and floods and hurricanes and mudslides and sinkholes and agitating volcanoes. Why do you fear so much?

The earliest I can remember believing in Jesus and God is when I was about three. I remember when my mom gave birth to my sisters, the twins, I was happily informed that God gave me sisters. This made me so happy! I remember exactly how I felt inside and I know for sure I did not possess fear for the God I had been brought up to hold as absolute truth, love, and kindness. That changed shorty after my sisters were born. There was a plane crash in San Diego right near the Interstate 805 and a street named University.

A PSA jetliner and a smaller Cessna (or something like a Cessna) collided and consequently crashed, killing all those aboard. I remember asking if the people were able to pray to Jesus for help before they crashed? Didn't He hear them praying? Why did He let the planes crash and the people inside them to die? Didn't God love them? 

Yes. God definitely cared for the people who died, but sometimes God decides that it is someone's time to go. This was okay though. So long as the people had Jesus in their hearts God took away their fear. And those who did not have Jesus? It was too late for them. God gave them plenty of chances and they failed to act on those chances. This was shocking to me. I thought God helped everybody and everyone. I remember brooding over this. Then, right about the same time the plane crash happened the lady who lived in the apartment across the way began screaming shrilly one morning and my dad went to see what was going on.

A short time later he returned and told my mother quietly that the woman's newborn baby was deceased. The police came and I remember one of the officers trying to revive the baby by smacking it on the back as he carried the baby down the stairs. It was simply no good. The baby was dead. It was another case of God allowing something terrible to happen. But why the baby? Because sometimes that is how God accomplishes His plan, right? Sometimes people will not listen to God and then bad things happen.

The seeds of fear that had been planted grew with the ferocity of ivy on a brick wall. It was a deep and dark fear I could never shake from my mind. Then when I was about fourteen I decided that the structure of fear when it comes to God is garbage. The fear did not go away all at once, but instead eased up at a snail's pace and for many years I struggled to get out from under the ingrained blanket of fear I had been given courtesy of Christianity.

But that is Christianity in a nutshell: Fear. Fear of the atheists, pagans, heathens, anyone who believes differently. Fear of Satan consistently trying to rip the believer out of God's hands and blessing. Fear of rock music. Fear of make-up. Fear of the mighty and evil Hollywood. Fear of television and radio. The list goes on and on. The messages of fear are so rampant that they completely destroy what is supposed to be a way of life that is governed by love.

Necessity of Fear?
Favor, Protection, Control, Allowance, Separation, Glory, Riches, Salvation

The Bible mentions fear so often that a reader of the Bible often comes away from studying such with the pervasive feeling that something is terribly amiss. They are right, and not just because of the overall schmooze that God loves everyone and Jesus wants to save everyone, but also because God makes it very VERY clear that before a person can even partake fully of the supposed grace of God and salvation of Jesus that person must fear God. It is after the person's expression of fear that the love of God and Jesus begin to flow freely...not the other way around.

The First Fear
The 'first fear' is the very first ingredient of salvation and a walk with God. This first fear is not an acceptance of Jesus' salvation, but rather is the acknowledgement of the existence of God, of God's mighty power, and the acknowledgement that the power of God is so great that if He wanted He could squash you like a bug. This first fear encourages the screwy concept that while God and Jesus love everyone and desire that everyone go to God, the bottom line prerequisite for salvation is to FEAR God. There is no salvation outside of fear.

Acts 10:35 says, "But in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him."
     I think it is very curious that the God of the Bible does all sorts of horrible things or aids and encourages alll sorts of terrible things and even instructs horrible things BUT He is still considered mighty and just.

Acts 2:43 says, "Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles."
     This man tries very hard to explain away or redefine what fear is in relation to God.

Psalm 111:10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endures forever."
     This verse is just a nicer way to tell people that they will choose to fear God if they know what is good for them.

Job 28:28 says, "And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."

Psalm 33:8 says, "Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him."
     God is amazingly powerful. God's power should elicit fear from all those who follow him. Who'd of thought that before all else the number one desire of God is for man to fear Him?

The Second Fear
The 'second fear' is just as interesting as its predecessor, for the purpose of second fear is to give specific examples as to what the consequences of failing to maintain a fear of God are. The penalties/consequences are always terribly disproportionate in a sadistic and cruel sense.

Luke 5:26 says, "Amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God. They were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things today."
     Hell is a great story and its reputation as the scariest and most horrible place ever is single-handedly the greatest reason why people choose to believe in God in the first place.

Deuteronomy 28:28 says, "He will make your minds diseased, and your eyes blind, and your hearts wasted with fear."
     Not only is the rage of the God of the Bible disgusting but I am sick and tired of hearing the lunatic argument (actually it isn't an argument at all since it does not contain so much as one valid point) that God loved everyone so goddamn much that He gave His Son to be slaughtered for the sins of the world. So, you had best listen up and believe in God and behave lest you find yourself the next individual to be nailed to some wood.

Deuteronomy 28:60 says, "He will send on you again all the diseases in Egypt, which were a cause of fear to you, and they will take you in their grip."
     This is what God does when people refuse to believe in Him or do His bidding. The Egyptians just wouldn't listen to God...never mind that it clearly states in the biblical account that it was GOD HIMSELF who purposely hardened the hearts of the Egyptians.

Deuteronomy 28:66 says, "And your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life."
     Ahh...the typical string of bullshit Christianity utilizes in an effort to convert people.

I Samuel 12:18 says, "So Samuel called to Yahweh; and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared Yahweh and Samuel."
     There is something about this man that says, "Beware...I am not all here." Creepy.

Leviticus 26:32 says, "I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein will be astonished at it."
     God is absolutely ready to punish every one who will not jump when He commands how high.

Seal the Deal Fear
The 'seal the deal' fear is not only the stamp of actual eternal salvation, but it is also the fear borne out of all of the scary bullshit that the new convert has been told by the person preaching to them, and that the new convert apparently believes.

Luke 1:71 says, "...salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us."
     That's right. The fear of the Lord is His treasure. Do you know why? The ONLY way He could manage to scrape up a considerable amount of followers was to threaten them with terrors beyond their imagination.

I Samuel 12:24 says, "Only fear Yahweh, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things He has done for you."
     Hey hey hey...Mr. I-Am-Not-All-There is back to share with you the fear of God.

Acts 9:31 says, "So the assemblies throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and were built up. They were multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit."
     What a crock of shit.

Luke 7:16 says, "And fear took hold of all, and they glorified God saying, "A great prophet has risen among us!" and, "God has visited His people!"

Luke 2:9 says, "And an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of the Lord was shining round about them: and fear came on them."

Luke 1:30 says, "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou has found favor with God."

Psalm 25:14 says, "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will show them his covenant."
     Sooooo...our troubles as a nation to include sliding education is a result of not fearing God?

Deuteronomy 6:13 says, "Fear the Lord your God, serve Him only and take your oaths in His name."
     Look! We have found a way to dispell all of your fear! All you have to do is fear God and then your fear goes away.

Proverbs 16:6 says, "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil."
     Well, listening to this guy you would think that if you do not show a deep fear for God you are probably not human.

     Listen very carefully to what these people say and give great care in considering the ramifications of living in fear. Some of those who talk in these videos would have you believe that to fear God is to live in freedom. Do not believe this blatant lie. It is pure fiction and utter stupidity.

Transferred Fear
The 'transferred fear' is what those seeking to convert others use in an effort to pressure people into believing. This fear is often disguised and portrayed as genuine concern in regards to the disposition of the eternal soul of non-believers.

Matthew 9:8 says, "But when the people saw it they were full of fear, and gave glory to God who had given such authority to men."
     It is most unfortunate that those who would have the entire world believe in the God of the Bible do not recognize the Bible as the single source of the greatest amount of fear and hatred.

Luke 1:50 says, "His mercy is for generations of generations of those who fear him."
     This is hilarious. Listen to what is said at the beginning of this video: In order to have actual conviction for sin there must be knowledge of the wrath of God. What a stupid thing to say. That isn't true conviction. What it is is an admission of guilt in an effort to save one's self from the ravings of a lunatic God. Can you say DURESS?

Psalm 112:1 says, "Praise you the Lord. Blessed is the man that fears the Lord, that delights greatly in His commandments."
     Wow. It does not take very long for this guy to go off the deepend in his sermon.

Proverbs 14:27 says, "The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death."
     This here is a great example of the stupidity of religion. Believers just cannot seem to get a grip on the ridiculousness of their efforts to convert people by use of fear.

The Empowering Fear
This is the fear of God that believers hold gives or allows them power that is not of their own origin. This power is what gives believers the strength and courage and persistence needed to preach the gospel wherever they are, and to make converts.

Hebrews 13:6 says, "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me."
     Don't worry about looking like a moron and sounding like a moron because GOD will give you the strength to witness so long as you fear Him.

Psalm 23:4 says, "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
     Holy shit! I HAD to include this because I found it so ever-loving funny. WHAT is this guy's malfunction? See, if you will only fear God and do everything He says to do you will have great strength to make a ludicrous video like this guy did.

Matthew 10:28 says, "Don't be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna."
     Don't be afraid to preach God's word! God will give you strength. Isn't it wonderful how Christianity tries to remove people from the slavery of the world so they can 'serve' God? Nothing changes in the disposition of the believer because they are STILL slaves. The only difference is the slave's master. Slavery is what it is.

Acts 4:29 says, "And now, Lord, listen to their threats, and enable thy servants to proclaim thy message with fearless courage."
     That is right! God gives you POWER and the more you believe in Him the greater the power you will have.

Deuteronomy 3:2 says, "Yahweh said to me, "Don't fear him; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land into your hand and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon."

Deuteronomy 28:10 says, "And all the peoples of the earth will see that the name of the Lord is on you, and they will go in fear of you."
     Wow. Take a good long look because these people are the kinds of people God supposedly gives power to. Nice.

Joshua 10:8 says, "Yahweh said to Joshua, "Don't fear them, for I have delivered them into your hands. Not a man of them will stand before you."
     Since WHEN would anyone with even half of a brain want to anoint anything or anyone with fear? Anoint with fear? That is insanity.

The Confusing Fear
This fear is a jumble of confusing emotional and spiritual edicts from God and often contradict the supposed love of God and Jesus Christ. When informed of the non-sense nature of this fear a believer will often respond with a comment along the lines of, "God works in mysterious ways," or something very similar.

II Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind."
     Wait a minute...didn't you just say that God wants us to fear? Now you are telling me not to fear but to feel love. Which is it because it sure as hell cannot be both.

I John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love."
     This lady makes a good point.

John 14:27 says, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don't let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful."
     This is great!

Psalm 2:11 says, "Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling."
     Many Christians do not fear God and do not fear death as they come to realize the entire religious story-thing is a giant shitburger.

Psalm 19:19 says, "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

Psalm 67:7 says, "God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him."

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Remember Your Lies and Cover Them Well

The Writers of the Bible Should Have Paid Closer Attention:

Three Cheers for the Persistent Inconsistency of God, Part I

     Are there problems within the Bible of God saying or doing one thing, and then a bit further down the line saying or doing another thing? Yes. There are plenty of examples of this and here are a few for you to consider.

Psalm 136:1 says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever."
     Okay. Here we are off to a good start. The Lord is good and it would appear that His love is equally good. Now, the next verse:
Job 16:9 says, "God assails me and tears me in His anger and gnashes His teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes."
     Somehow, God's enduring love has taken a turn for the worse. Not only has Job done absolutely nothing that is even remotely worthy of what God is doing to him, but God is doing it all in an effort to prove to Satan how loyal Job is.

I Peter 3:8 says, "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble."
     This certainly sounds wonderful, right? Being sympathetic and compassionate towards one another is a great way to live and to contribute positively to humanity and the life and the world around you. Now, the next verse:
John 12:25 says, "He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life."
     But...what they hell happened to loving one another and being compassionate and all that stuff? Why WOULDN'T I love my life? Besides, if a person does not love their life they do not respect their life. If they do not respect and love their life they cannot know how to show compassion to themselves or others. 
     So, again, tell me why in the hell I would want to HATE my life? Why? What does that accomplish for anyone? Hating is a bad thing so tell me how hating myself and my life accomplishes anything of value. Be specific and use common goddamn sense and none of that absurd happy-Christian-eager-to-grovel-before-God-and-hate-themselves bullshit.
     Well, if you have any doubt about what injecting hate into your life can do...here you go:

Psalm 112:5 says, "Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice."
     Soooo...you're saying money is good so long as generosity is practiced and so long as justice is a part of those generous exchanges of money. Okay. Gotcha. Now, the next verse:
I Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
     Hold on a minute here...if money is good so long as there is generosity and justice within such an exchange, then it is impossible that money would be the root of all evil. That makes no goddamn sense whatsoever. It must be either one way or the other and you cannot have it both ways. 
     Wait. I KNOW what you meant. So long as the money is for GOD it is good. If it has anything to do with anything else it is the root of all evil. I was wondering about that considering the assertion that money is supposed to be the root of all evil but all of these television preachers and pastors consistently beg their congregations for money. It really makes you wonder.

Exodus 20:13 says, "You shall not kill."
     This is not in the least bit difficult to understand. Now, onto the next verse:
Exodus 32:27 says, "Then he said to them, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says. Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor."
     Soooo...what the HELL happened to the directive, "Thou shalt not kill," that God gave, what, twelve chapters back? Oh, my bad. That is right! I totally forgot that God does allow for instances where He orders people to break His own laws when He thinks it is appropriate.

I Corinthians 16:2 says, "On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made."
     Alright. Just to make sure I understand this correctly I should set aside a certain amount from my earnings for the week so that it will be ready for the proper church representative to take possession when it comes to that time. Okay. Gotcha. Next verse:
Matthew 6:19 says, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal."
     Okay, you need to get your head on straight. Do you or do you not want me saving this money for God? You tell me to save it and then you tell me not to store up treasures here on earth, so, what the hell? Oh! Oh, oh, oh...THAT is what you meant. I see...it is okay to store up treasures so long as they are not for me but are for God. Gotcha.

Philippians 4:7 says, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
     Peace? Great! Sweet! I'll have some of that because everyone knows that peace is a very GOOD thing! And how can there be peace without God, right? Yay, God! He gives us peace. Now, onto the next verse:
I Chronicles 5:22 says, "...For many fell, because the war was of God. And they settled in their place until the exile."
     But...I thought...I mean, where did the peace of God that transcends everything go? Is the difference that one verse is in the New Testament while the other is in the Old Testament? Is that what it is? I thought God never changes and if that is so then the New Testament assertion of the mighty and transcending peace of God should still be the same in the Old Testament as well, right?
     Ohhh...I get it. God allows war so that people will choose Him over all the bad things in life. Gotcha. War is allowed by God so that people will turn to Him.

Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
     I like that. I do not have to fear because God will be with me wherever I go. Onto the next verse:
Matthew 9:8 says, "But when the multitudes saw it, they were afraid, and glorified God who had given such authority unto men."
     So, do I not fear because God is with me, or do I not fear because God is with me because I fear Him and know what He can do if He so pleases? Are you saying that as long as I am afraid of God I do not have to be afraid of other people? Is that it?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Stupid Preacher Comments

The Blind Leading The Blind Has NOTHING On Stupid Preachers

But, you're not surprised or anything...are you?

     This is a mix of mostly jacked up information with just a pinch of completely jacked up information. Parents DO have a choice as to the immunizations and I know this because when my children were born I only allowed two shots: Diphtheria and Tetanus. Some of the shots are even being developed better and better with less side effects, but that is a different story. The guys here in this video make it sound like the moment your children are born they are whisked away and pumped full of all sorts of things.

     Imagine the amazing things people could do if they butted out of the religious choices of others. This is the typical behavior of pushy religious folk, right? They purposely put themselves in situations where they WILL face ridicule because they will not stop when people ask them to. Then when you ask them to stop and leave they try to interpret the demand to leave as some kind of impingement of their rights and the freedom of religion. I will gladly fight for the right for people to worship whatever or whoever they want to worship. However, their right to religion is not synonymous with the idea that people who do not wish to believe have to listen to such shit.

     Christians just don't get it that the United States was not founded on Christianity for Christians. Just like they usually do they claim it is a plot of the devil or Satan to take people's hearts away from God, and to change the truth of history. Whatever.

     I don't even know what to say here. What the hell is this man prattling on about? Pissing standing up? Are you serious? This was actually a sermon delivered in a church? God doesn't work in mysterious ways. God works in ridiculous ways...and this video is ample proof.

     Holy shit!! This is deliciously funny! What an asshole. He sets the freaking lawn on fire. I wonder if the company that owned the property got him for trespass and destruction of property?

     This guy says that atheists are full of pride. Hah! And Christianity ISN'T full of pride? Please. Who doesn't know that a large portion of Christians truly think they are right and everyone else is wrong? And what the hell does this guy intend to achieve by attacking lesbians? He says lesbians are lesbians because they are too ugly to get a man. Really? I am lesbian and I am not ugly. If I wanted a man I would get a man, but like I said I don't want a man. How is that worthy of anyone's wrath much less the imaginary wrath of an imaginary God?
     And why did this guy say that women should not vote and should be at home cooking and cleaning? Not only that, but what about his behavior and what he is saying? Is he making God proud? This street preacher is a total douchebag and is a very good example of why some people want absolutely nothing to do with the God or the Bible. Don't you just love the insults this mother fucker continuously hurls at the people who disagree with him? This is Christianity. NICE.

     Another example of a Christian asshole who thinks he has a right to treat those who think or believe differently than him in an obtuse manner. He purposely heckles people with his poisonous gospel, purposely. He wants to be pushed around and attacked because then he can try to use that as some kind of platform for Christianity and how Christians are persecuted and their rights are being taken away. Load of shit.

     That's right...believe in Jesus and everything will magically go right for you. P.S. Everything you do in your life that is a good thing to do does not mean squat to God.

     How dare someone who is supposed to be a representative of God infer that God will not allow a blessing unless money is given. Loser. The faster people understand the line of shit you are feeding them is in fact a line of shit, the better.

     There are very good reasons for NOT having people of faith create legislation based on their delusional Bible. The very fact that many of the religious in this nation harass gays and lesbians for being...gay and lesbian, is a great example of why separation of church and state SHOULD be absolute. Why in the HELL would I want the rules that govern me to be based on the Bible? Women are subjugated, children are mistreated, and there are insanely stupid stories in the Bible that millions upon millions take as actual and literal truth. And Mr. Santorum needs to go back and redo his United States history because he is 100% wrong in his assumption this nation was based on Christianity.

     Ahh, religion. Listen to what this guy thinks should and should not apply to women.

    Oh dear me Jesus! Do people who behave like this really think they are doing their God or their faith any favor? So this lady is preaching how Jesus loves everyone, but then says she will kill people. Nice. Again, another strong example of why there MUST be separation of church and state. This woman makes less and less sense as the video goes on. She has power? Power in her hands? Power that she has worked a long time to achieve? What?

     The typical pushy street preacher who believes that his faith and his Bible give him the absolute power to pop-off at the mouth and speak a load of stupid shit. Remember, this guy is right and you are wrong. Not only that, but this guy's Bible and his God give him express permission to tell people how to live and what to believe. Freaking loser. Leave the preaching for your church meetings or your house meetings or your special God conventions. Do you really think this douchebag would stand-by and say nothing at all if, say, someone who is an atheist or a deist or a pantheist or Wiccan was standing on the street close to where he works or lives and decided to preach about the things they believe in?